GÉANT has a long-standing and highly collaborative relationship with the European Union, sharing the objective of providing a stable and innovative environment for research, education, and innovation.
For over 25 years this approach has benefited research and education communities worldwide, until recently within the seven-year Horizon 2020 Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA), now under the seven-year Horizon Europe FPA and the new GN5-1 Project.
The GÉANT Project has grown during its iterations (GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus, GN4-1, GN4-2, GN4-3 and GN4-3/N) to incorporate not just the award-winning pan-European network, but also a catalogue of advanced, user-focused services, and a successful programme of innovation that is pushing the boundaries of networking technology to deliver real impact to over 50 million users.
In January 2023 GÉANT entered a new era with the start of GN5-1: the next stage in the long-running and transformative GÉANT Project that has supported Europe’s research and education communities for over 20 years. With 37 project partners (together with the GÉANT Association) representing all of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) the GÉANT Project is a highly successful example of pan-European collaboration.
GN5-1 is one of the first in a series of projects foreseen under GN5-FPA, the 7-year strategic framework that outlines the overall direction, objectives, and impacts of individual projects within that time-frame as part of Horizon Europe – the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. Its sister project, GN5-IC1, started in late 2022 with a focus on intercontinental connectivity.
GÉANT Project (GN4-3)
GN4-3 Project (January 2019 to December 2022)
Structure and achievements
GÉANT Project GN4-2
GN4-2 Project (May 2016 to December 2018) - This site is password protected. To request access please get in touch via the contact form.
Historical project documents can be viewed by following the links below:
GÉANT manages research and education networking projects in partnership with the European Commission (EC), our European NREN members, global NRENs and other partners.
At the core of these projects is to interconnect national research and education networking (NREN) organisations in different regions, through the procurement, building and operation of large-scale, advanced international high-speed networks. Some of the projects also include development and delivery of services above the network, and research into networking technologies.
GÉANT currently manages networking projects serving Europe (GÉANT Project), the Eastern Partnership countries (EaPConnect) and Africa (AfricaConnect3).
View an overview of these projects, with further information available on the respective project websites.
Trust & identity projects
- Development of an interoperable authentication and authorisation framework (AARC).
- Representing the requirements of research and education in access and identity management (REFEDS).
- GÉANT manages the development and expansion of eduGAIN around the world.
GÉANT partners with the EC, national research and education networking organisations and other institutions to bring about new service innovations and adoption on a global basis, through collaboration and assistance projects with international partners.
GÉANT currently participates in a range of projects focusing on expanding the reach of, and improving access to, research and education services.
View an overview of these projects by following the link below. Further information is available on the respective project websites.